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Blog 26/03/2018

As we continue with our series of blogs “The Process” for this month we welcome one of newest clients to write as a guest, Jason Gibbons director of Rubix Build writes about the experience of working closely with Forty3 Media. Earlier this year we crafted a identity logo and built them a landing page website for their construction company, the landing page is just the beginning of our relationship as we look to drive our businesses forward.

 

Jason Gibbons:

 

I was first introduced to Daniel through a personal recommendation and have not looked back since. At the time of our first meeting we were about to embark upon a full business re-brand including new company name, logo, website and social media strategy and without question Forty3 have played a significant role in our journey with all of these areas getting us to where we are today.

 

As a construction and development company, and with my own working life starting out as a bricklayer, we are experts at building just about everything except websites! It would be fair to say that my own skills set does not cover much ground within the digital and technology sphere, however I know what looks good and how I want my business to be represented online and beyond in terms of marketing materials. This is one of the reasons I immediately found Dan’s approach so refreshing, he is clearly excellent at what he does but does not talk in jargon or acronyms, in contrast his easy going manner makes him approachable as well as knowledgeable and is one of the many reasons I would not hesitate to recommend him to anyone looking for web design services.

 

The values of Forty3 are incredibly well aligned to those of my own business. Dan takes a personal interest in ensuring he delivers exceptional value and service by listening to your exact requirements, offering his own expert advice and guidance as well as being honest and brave enough to tell you when your suggestions are not quite right, always in the nicest possible way! Essentially, Forty3 provide a full agency style, consultative multi-channel approach but without the hefty price tag to match.

 

I know I am not alone in my opinion that the key to any sustainable and successful business is relationships that are based on trust and integrity and that is why we are thrilled with not only the quality of work received from Forty3 but also the ongoing support, making us proud to call them our marketing and media partner.

Blog 19/03/2018

“If you’re going to do something, do it properly.” Wise words from my Dad. He said this to me when I was very small and continued to give me this advice growing up. The problem was, I didn’t listen, and is probably why I hated my job as a car mechanic; something I did for fifteen years. I wasn’t a great mechanic, good enough to get the job done, but if I’d have taken my Dad’s advice and ‘did it properly’, I probably would have been working in the Formula One pit lane for Lewis Hamilton! The problem was that the interest was never there 100%: I didn’t get the grades in school and I didn’t go to college, so the dream job as a website designer was a pipe dream. Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t fifteen years wasted - not at all! I have no regrets: I have met some of the funniest people and had some great times. Working with a bunch of lads in a workshop is a great laugh and times I cherish and will never forget. And spending time with my Dad fixing cars at home are times that I hold deeply in my soul (we didn’t feel that at the time - there were some colds nights!). Those times mean a lot to me now.

 

Dad’s advice is not wasted though, it has just taken me half a lifetime to put it into practice but better late then never. First, I had to quit the day job. Easier said then done! I’ve already touched on quitting the day job and making the leap in my previous blogs, but I want to try and explain the thought processes. Fear is the biggest challenge, and the opinions of the people most close to you really matter, but once you get over that, the sky really is the limit. For fifteen years in the motor trade I came across a lot of mechanics and (I’m not type-casting mechanics here at all) most of them are so miserable and depressed; they hate their jobs with a passion and most of them will tell younger apprentices to get out while they can because they too will end up miserable. Most mechanics will also tell you they would love to leave the trade but are not good enough, or lack the qualifications, to do anything else. Most ex-mechanics are drivers, security guards or car salesmen and, believe me, I looked at the possibility of all these careers. We get so many years in, get into debt, some get married, buy a house and have kids and then security becomes the main objective. But what if you want more? What if there is more? Why should you settle for something you really don’t want, just because you’re in your thirties and have a mortgage and because everybody else is doing the same?

 

It all depends on how much you want it. Ask yourself: how much do you want to do something else? Don’t you want to be happy on your own terms? Or would you rather get to retirement and have regrets because that the ultimate fail? How much you REALLY want it is a massive question: if you want it 90% then thats not enough. If the question is: “How much do I want to be my own boss and be in control of my own destiny?” And your response is: “Fuck yeah I want this!” then you must be prepared to make sacrifices - huge ones. Most people will not want a drop in wages because of their lifestyle: two cars; big house and three or four holidays a year, but how much do you REALLY want it? I was earning decent money, had a car, renting a nice, brand new house and was on holiday three or four times a year, why would I want to risk all that? I asked myself ‘How much was I prepared to do?’ but more importantly, ‘How much was I prepared to lose?’ Ultimately, the big question really was: How much did I really want it?

 

Let me tell you how much I wanted it; I was prepared to lose everything. I was prepared to fall out with my partner and lose her. This didn’t mean I don’t love her, far from it, but I wasn’t prepared to be miserable for the rest of my life. I wasn’t prepared to stay in a job I hate and have regrets later in life. I was prepared to lose the house and go back living with my parents. I was prepared to never have another holiday for the rest of my life. I was prepared to have absolutely nothing. Luckily, my partner shares my goals and losing her was never an option, but if you want something that badly and are prepared to lose so much, I believe there is no way you can fail. The pure grit and determination that is present when you are faced with the possibility of losing everything is an awesome feeling, and one that spurs me on even now.

 

When I was working as a mechanic and designing was my side hustle, friends and family and potential clients didn’t take me seriously. You will never make that break if you continue to think: “I’ll stay in the 9-5 until the jobs start coming in”. That’s probably sounds like good advice but I was out of the house eleven hours a day, and to try and make good designs in the time of the day you have left before you have to sleep is impossible, especially when you come in from work in a foul mood because you have been stuck in traffic for two hours. You have all the time in the world to build and create a business: there are 24 hours in a day, 6-7 of those for sleep, leaving 17 hours left everyday. Think about what you could possibly achieve in 17 hours?

 

Reflecting on my ninth month as my own boss, I have not been lucky and I hate it when someones says good luck. I have worked fucking hard to get to this point and I’ve done it without losing anything. It’s still early days, therefore I have to be prepared for anything. I am on target to earn more money than I ever have in my first twelve months and I aim to double that in the next twelve. Yes, thats 200% growth and it will happen. If you’re good at something, passionate enough about it and are prepared to lose then go for it…double down and grind and hustle your arse off. And now that you have found your passion.. listen to Dad’s advice: “If you’re going to do something, do it properly.”

 

 

Keep The Faith

 

DPx

Flying Solo.

Blog 02/01/2018

Welcome to my second ever blog… and wow where do I start!?

 

The first six months of being self employed running my own media company (Forty3. Creative Media) has been quite outstanding, outstanding as a success point of view but on the other hand I have suffered  many emotions up and down which I will touch on in turn.

 

The first six months has been unbelievable because I never expected to amass so many clients in such a short time, I have dedicated myself to 12 hour working days sometimes more seven days a week, the first 3 hours of the morning spending solely on social media building my brand and making noise, if you are following me you have probably heard. The rest of the day working on projects such as website designs, branding, logos and more, I have successfully worked with clients from Manchester, London, Wales and Melbourne Australia!!

 

I have also joined the Greater Manchester Chambers of Commerce networking group, which for me was totally out of my comfort zone, walking into a room of strangers (without alcohol) and introducing myself at networking events and pitching myself and my company was daunting, I was shy and struggled at first but I have come to find that people are very supportive and it can be a relaxed environment, I have met some amazing people and some people I can now call my friends I now can't get enough of the networking events and I would strongly recommend them to absolutely anybody.

 

Another totally out of character thing I have found myself doing is watching and reading motivational speakers and entrepreneurs, partially Gary Vaynerchuk, I cannot get enough of his daily vlog and I have learnt so much and a lot of things have hit home for example: I no longer worry and concentrate my time or effort on ‘dumb shit’ I don’t hang around with or have time for the negative people because it sucks up so much of your time and energy there is so much to do and so much to learn and I've found blocking the shit out has helped improve my life in all areas.

 

As a designer I have massively improved and learnt so much, looking back at old designs and maybe thinking “what was I thinking” is all part of the process and I will never be ashamed of old designs because it shows my journey, I have found it can never be perfect and with my struggle with OCD I have found it impossible at times but I have overcome this to produce some great design work which I will probably not like tomorrow but I know what I will produce in the next 6 months will be 110% improvement again.

 

Now onto the mixed emotions, as many of you may follow me across my social networking channels I make it all look easy and enjoyable. Well I can tell you I have never been happier in my life, being my own boss is incredible and the satisfaction of knowing that I did this, I made it happen, nobody built this for me, nobody. I took charge of my own life but I tell you something…Its hard, its a struggle. The 9-5 pay day was easy even though I moaned it was the worst thing in the world but you could get home and not have to worry about the day job until you rise the next day.

Not now.. everyday, every second you find yourself thinking, probably over thinking “How can I improve this?” “How can I improve that?” “Where should I advertise?” I could go on forever with the questions you ask yourself everyday ALL DAY! This has had an impact on my sleep, I regularly struggle to sleep, and it’s not out of worry it’s my brain being always switched on and always thinking how to be better in all areas of the business. I plan on combating this with more structured days, taking more breaks throughout the day and you never know I may take Fridays off.. well because I can.

 

I set myself many targets for the business in July, some financial and some not, and as 2017 came to a close I enjoyed the greatest and most successful month in December and smashed my targets which in turn set up 2018 in the best way possible.

 

I start 2018 very busy.. I have many new projects to start which are going to propel the business to new heights, I have many events to attend I look forward to learn if I will be a nominee for the “The Best Start Up Company” for the “Oldham Business Awards” so fingers crossed.

 

I want to end this blog to say a massive thank you to everyone who has supported Forty3 Creative Media in the last six months. The business has been hugely successful and I couldn’t have done it without key people, you know who you are.

 

As for the most important people, the doubters and haters you lot have spurred me on even more and without your help and drive I may not have done it.. keep watching and keep up the good work.

 

We have a huge 2018 ahead as we grow from strength to strength and we cannot wait to share the process with you.. watch this space.

 

Keep the faith

 

DPx

Making the leap.

Blog 16/08/2017

Welcome to our (mine) first ever blog, I want to share the creative journey that I have set out upon, making a successful creative media agency and after nearly two years of the first building block being laid so far so good.

 

I want to blog firstly about making the dreaded 'Leap Of Faith' quitting the day job......

 

My passion since I left school was always to have a career in website design & media, but to be blunt it never happened. Until 2 years ago when I eventually woke up from the zombified 9-5 safe house I was living in. I was being paid, I was secure but god I was bored I wasn’t reaching the potential that I felt I could achieve.

 

I opened my laptop & starting doing what makes me happy in the evenings & weekends & started slowly building clientele the passion for it was oozing out of me it made me feel alive.

 

This is what I wanted to do design websites for people be creative the satisfaction is electrifying upon completion & a happy client. BUT could I quit my day job? Do this for myself? I was scared of what my family would say, scared of maybe not having enough money could I survive? I couldn't do it... I have a home a good life style, many great holidays I was secure & safe.

 

Until this year.. I made THE LEAP! Having spent the last six months improving my brand speaking & spending time with good people who have also made the leap receiving awesome advice & feedback & never dying support from my partner I made the leap!

 

I feel fresh, excited very nervous but strong! I can't fail if I don't give up & I've only just begun, a new lease of life which I never thought I'd feel. Someone said a line to me earlier this year which switched on my light bulb. "A life of design is by design" design your own life. I envisioned it so I'm going to design it. There is so much to do so much to learn, you just have to keep the faith.

 

 DPx

 

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Making the leap.

Blog 16/08/2017

Welcome to our (mine) first ever blog, I want to share the creative journey that I have set out upon, making a successful creative media agency and after nearly two years of the first building block being laid so far so good.

 

I want to blog firstly about making the dreaded 'Leap Of Faith' quitting the day job......

 

My passion since I left school was always to have a career in website design & media, but to be blunt it never happened. Until 2 years ago when I eventually woke up from the zombified 9-5 safe house I was living in. I was being paid, I was secure but god I was bored I wasn’t reaching the potential that I felt I could achieve.

 

I opened my laptop & starting doing what makes me happy in the evenings & weekends & started slowly building clientele the passion for it was oozing out of me it made me feel alive.

 

This is what I wanted to do design websites for people be creative the satisfaction is electrifying upon completion & a happy client. BUT could I quit my day job? Do this for myself? I was scared of what my family would say, scared of maybe not having enough money could I survive? I couldn't do it... I have a home a good life style, many great holidays I was secure & safe.

 

Until this year.. I made THE LEAP! Having spent the last six months improving my brand speaking & spending time with good people who have also made the leap receiving awesome advice & feedback & never dying support from my partner I made the leap!

 

I feel fresh, excited very nervous but strong! I can't fail if I don't give up & I've only just begun, a new lease of life which I never thought I'd feel. Someone said a line to me earlier this year which switched on my light bulb. "A life of design is by design" design your own life. I envisioned it so I'm going to design it. There is so much to do so much to learn, you just have to keep the faith .   DP.

 

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CHADDERTON OL1 2QJ

 

P 0161 870 8021

 

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